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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM

For the weekend: Ellen reads “50 Shades of Grey”

I was just going to ignore the new megabestseller “50 Shades of Grey,” hoping that it would just gather up its whips and go away quietly, but I fear it deserves comment here because a) it was originally written as a sexy “Twilight” spinoff, with the characters named Edward and Bella, thus making it surely the most lucrative piece of fan fiction ever conceived, and b) it was the cause of an insanely competitive bidding war for movie rights earlier this spring, won by Focus Features in partnership with Universal. So yes, there’ll be a movie, but braver souls than I will have to read the book and tell us who should play who. Such as Ellen Degeneres:

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